Scientific Delirium Madness 2016 | Leonardo/ISAST

Scientific Delirium Madness 2016

From the gallery introduction by Djerassi Executive Director Margot Knight: "Selected from more than 200 applicants and nominees, 11 artists and scientists arrived in July 2016. A biotechnologist, two biologists, a physicist and a geologist plunged themselves into the work of a visual artist, a media artist, a composer, a choreographer, a playwright and a poet. And vice versa. The boundaries between them ebbed and flowed. They wrote together, danced together and biohacked together. They ate together, shared living spaces, blogged about their experiences and offered their work to the public during our annual Open House/Open Studios. Ultimately, they created—together—new ways to think and talk about their practices. They left as lifelong friends and colleagues. They will change the world—we just don’t know exactly how yet."

SDM 3.0 Gallery

2016 Residents

Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer
Media Artist
United States
Creative Technologist
United Kingdom
neuroscientist, cartoonist and illustrator
United States
Composer
United States
Geologist
United States
Choreographer and Interdisciplinary Arts Researcher
Writer
United States
Curator
United States
Visual artist
United Kingdom
Media Artist
United States
Biologist
United States

Blog Posts from the 2016 Residency

By Adam Zaretsky

While we were in residence at Scientific Delirium Madness a large fireball was seen in the sky over Palo Alto. Actually it was seen from San Francisco down to Los Angeles at the same time and it...

By Asa Calow
By Adam Zaretsky
By Juanita Rockwell
By Adam Zaretsky

Maya Spasova, London, UK. Visual Artist observed the centiSperm project and then took to drawing or channeling the lives of the centiSperm. Some are intertwined with each other. Some have wings. Some...

By Adam Zaretsky

Flight of the centiSperm David Bowen a collaboration with Adam Zaretsky So David Bowen came up with this idea of using the centiSperm as a data set for flying his drone....

By Weidong Yang

Twitter rain installation was created at the old barn during the Djerassi open house day on July 24th, 2016. The installation is part of a series of preliminary experiments, with the goal of...

By Adam Zaretsky

Electroporation, the making of centiSperm

 

By Adam Zaretsky

Centipede DNA Isolation A – Kill Centipede B – Mash with mortar and pestle

By Adam Zaretsky

 

Goals: To electroporate whole genomic DNA from a centipede into the center of human sperm.

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By Adam Zaretsky

I remember that the word testament and testicles have etymological origins in common. Early swearing on the Torah was not always possible before the printing press. Often it was told that men...

By Adam Zaretsky

Pertaining to the castration of Uranus’ Penis by his son, there is the question of the meaning of the word foam. According to the mythos, Uranus’ penis was dropped in the ocean and the bubbles or the...

By Adam Zaretsky

Shevakadoo: body remainders, any part of a human separated from the main body, esp. referring to the taboo surrounding leftover flesh parts.

By Adam Zaretsky

“you can check lines 188-190 of Hesiod's Theogyny ‘they fell from the mainland into the much-surging sea, so that the sea carried them for a long time.’ Therefore, no reference to the place where...

By Adam Zaretsky

Ἑκατόγχειρες, Hekatonkheires also called the Centimanes or the Hundred-handers (Is Tartarus a castle analogy for Gaia's womb?)

By Matteo Farinella

I found this fog quote attributed to Joseph Conrad and I made a little sketch for it: “It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a...

By Matteo Farinella

Since I arrived at the Djerassi residency I have been particularly fascinated...

By Adam Zaretsky
By Adam Zaretsky

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Got the electroporator to Djerassi Scientific Delirium residency... Considering using my sperm... And some centipedes" DNA... Wondering if you have any sense as to a DIY sperm salt rinse...

By Hannah Rogers

Dear National Science Foundation,

You were everything I ever wanted

when I was finishing my Ph.D. and I

have no idea why I didn’t pursue you...

By Hannah Rogers

I did not have a website for a long time. It’s not that I did not know how to make one or that I did not understand how important it was, it was simply that I did not know how to tell people who I...

By Adam Zaretsky

I am considering the option of using the centiSperm as a glaze. Not for cupcakes although that came to mind. After electroporating raw centipede DNA into the germ cells, they could be used as a...